The city has been working with the company, the mall’s current owner, to find a developer for the downtown facility, according to Mayor Pro Tem Paul Foster.
“The council has had a very strong interest in getting the mall rehabilitated or having someone come in and take the mall down and build something new,” he said. “There have been a number of proposals over the years to demolish the mall and re-open State Street all the way through.”
That plan has been previously discussed to include townhomes above retail stores. City officials said the possibility of converting the mall to Safety Hall has been eliminated.
On Feb. 4, the city sent out requests for quotations to developers to solicit interest in the property, according to Redlands’ economic development manager, Mike Nelson. Three interested parties toured the mall with city officials and members of Howard Hughes Corp. on Feb. 20, Nelson said.
“We’re pleased that after years of asking the mall owners to either develop the property or sell the property, that they are heeding our advice,” Mayor Pete Aguilar said.
The mall was built in 1977. It was closed in 2010. CVS Pharmacy occupies just under 15 percent of the building.
Also included in the property is the island featuring a Denny’s restaurant, Union Bank and Mattress Showroom.
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